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Wednesday 12 February 2020

Sun Pundit’s Phone Hacking Hypocrisy

The decision of alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson to allow Chinese telecoms giant Huawei to play a substantial part in building a 5G network for the UK has not gone down well with Combover Crybaby Donald Trump, who was reportedly apoplectic with rage at the prospect. And by complete coincidence you understand, one of the Donald’s bestest buddies appears to have sent word that he isn’t happy, either.
Why did Kavanagh cross the road? Because he discovered it was in his interests to do so

That buddy is Rupert Murdoch, and the manifestation of his displeasure has come in the form of a column by faithful retainer Trevor Kavanagh in the Sun. Kav has been in Rupe’s employ long enough that his word can be taken as very close to Rupe’s. He has told Bozo employing Huawei “is potentially ‘defence of the realm’ dynamite. If it explodes at any point in the future, it will obliterate this Government and Boris’s record as Prime Minister”.

Why so? “The prospect of a Chinese ‘Big Brother’ plugged into our sensitive mobile phones and laptops is causing apoplexy among intelligence and security chiefs”. No citation, and of course none will be provided. That isn’t the point: the point is to relay the disquiet at the top of the Murdoch empire. But do go on. "US Ambassador Woody Johnson ripped into Downing Street officials this month for putting Western security at risk”.

No citation there either, but there is no doubt that Rupe does not approve, and wants Bozo to know it. So we read that “Alarm has been voiced in Downing Street by Home Secretary Priti Patel and Defence supremo Ben Wallace among other ministers. MI6 and GCHQ chiefs are worried”. No citation on MI6 and GCHQ, and as for Priti Patel - yes, well. But then we see that Kavanagh has a Security Analyst up his sleeve.

What does this analyst say? “It’s like handing your house keys to a complete stranger … The idea that Huawei is independent of Chinese state control is laughable. You only have to see how Saudi Arabia hacked the phone of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos to realise how fragile technology safeguards can be”. But enough. Let me put Kavanagh straight.
One, what happened to Bezos is irrelevant to the Huawei debate. Two, the bleating from the Stateside spooks is a bit rich, given their history of interfering in other countries, emphasised yesterday when the Washington Post revealed that the CIA had actually owned Swiss firm Crypto AG, which under the spooks’ ownership had sold rigged encryption machines to more than 100 countries - including Iran.

And Three, when it comes to “Big Brother” eavesdropping on our phones, nobody does it quite like the Murdoch mafiosi. Or did Kavanagh manage to miss the closure of the late and not at all lamented Screws after it had been revealed to have been operating as a borderline criminal enterprise? Has he missed the growing queue of potential phone hacking litigants (including Prince Harry) making claims against the Sun?

Kavanagh is the most monstrous hypocrite, and he knows it. But then, he has his instructions. And his actions will be no surprise to seasoned Murdoch watchers: Rupe is known to be close to the Stateside spooks, and has been since Ronald Reagan’s day.

While the Murdoch goons celebrate the UK’s mythical post-Brexit “freedom”, they give every sign of wanting the USA to tell us what to do. And that’s not good enough.
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Anonymous said...

Kavanagh is just another Murdoch media catamite. Always will be.

Unless he moves on and fulfills the same function for Rothermere. But first he'd have to elbow aside the rest of the brothel presstitutes.

Burlington Bertie from Bow said...

Kavanagh earning extra brownie points for the upcoming Times editor job. Should put the final last ultimate terminal nail in the coffin of 'newspaper of record', eh?